Martin Helmchen, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolic – Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 15 & 27 (2013) DSF DSD64

Martin Helmchen, Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, Gordan Nikolic – Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 15 & 27 (2013)
DSF Stereo DSD64/2.82MHz  | Time – 55:29 minutes | 2,18 GB | Genre: Classical
Source: ISO SACD | ©  Pentatone Music B.V. 

For the sequel to his first Mozart CD with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, pianist Martin Helmchen has once again chosen two strongly contrasting piano concertos in one and the same key: this time B flat major. The works are from two entirely different periods in Mozart’s life. Piano Concerto no. 15, K. 450 is one of six composed in 1784, three of which were written for two other pianists, Barbara von Player and Maria Theresia van Paradis. Together with the Clarinet Concerto, K. 622, Piano concerto no. 27, K 595, composed in the same year, 1791, forms Mozart’s swansong in the genre and was written in a period when the good old days of his Akademien (or concerts) had been consigned to the past.

“This is playing of extraordinary quality and character and a fine partnership between soloist, conductor and orchestra … recorded in outstandingly clear sound … I was enchanted by this release.” –International Record Review

“… an acoustic well suited to Mozart, with a nice halo of resonance … helps those legato lines and subtleties of dynamic and phrasing which make the simplest-seeming of music so effective.” –MusicWeb International

“… beautiful performance of two of the composer’s liveliest concertos … crystalline pianism throughout, with splendid accompaniment from the fine Dutch orchestra and conductor Nikolić. Well-balanced audio, with natural balance between soloist and orchestra are another plus.” –


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Piano Concerto No. 15 in B-Flat Major, K. 450
1. I. Allegro 11:11
2. II. Andante 05:47
3. III. Allegro 07:52

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B-Flat Major, K. 595
4. I. Allegro 13:58
5. II. Larghetto 07:08
6. III. Allegro 09:31

Martin Helmchen, piano
Netherlands Chamber Orchestra
Gordan Nikolić, conductor

Recorded: NedPho Koepel, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1/2013


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